Myth: Shaving causes hair to grow back thicker
Fact: Ok, it’s about time we cleared up the old wives tale – shaving does NOT cause hair to grow back thicker or faster. Your hair *may* appear thicker because it has blunt ends, but in reality, shaving has no impact on the thickness of the hair. “As early as 1928, a clinical trial showed that shaving had no effect on hair growth,” a 2007 study said. “Shaving does not affect the thickness or rate of hair regrowth. Shaving removes the dead portion of hair, not the living section lying below the skin’s surface, so it is unlikely to affect the rate or type of growth.” Mind. Blown.
Myth: It’s OK to shave dry
Fact: Commit the following words to your memory: never shave dry. It’s a straight line to razor burn and ingrown hairs. Ain’t nobody got time for dat! Always shave with shaving cream, or in the shower or bath. When legs are wet, hair is softer and easier to shave. Shaving on dry skin is a surefire way to get shaving rash, which is red and itchy and sore and the WORST.
Myth: Shaving is harmful to your skin
Fact: There’s no scientific proof that shaving is bad for your skin - given you’re using a sharp razor and a good shaving cream. If you invest in a good razor and protect skin with shaving cream, shaving makes your skin feel extra smooth. It exfoliates the top layer of skin by removing the dead skin cells. Razors like the Venus ComfortGlide will also help to keep skin feeling silkier thanks to their built-in moisture bars which contain body butter
Myth: Shaving over the same area repeatedly will give you a closer shave
Fact: Girl, put down the razor. As tempting as it is to go over the same spot over and over for an extra close shave, you’re actually doing more harm than good as this motion will only irritate the area. Switch to a new blade if you find your razor isn’t giving you the closeness you’re after!